ATLAS.ti for Qualitative Research: Comments

This guide describes how to use the Atlas.ti, a software program, for qualitative research management and analysis

What is a comment?

Comments are reflections on individual elements of your projects, like each document or a quotation in a document. Comments should contain descriptive information about the materials that you are commenting on. You can also write comments on codes that define the codes and how they should be used. The comments are an important way for you to keep track of your project analysis.

Commenting on a Project

One of the first comments you should write is a project comment. This comment explains the scope of the project and your analytical goals. To create a project comment, click on the Project menu and choose Edit Comment.

 

 

In the box that opens, write your comment and then click on the black check mark to save it.

Commenting on a Document

Commenting your documents is also a good practice. You can comment on when and where you recorded interviews or focus groups, on the topics in the literature you are reading, or on anything else that stands out. To comment on your documents, go to the document you want to open, click on the Documents menu, and choose Edit Comment.

Commenting on a Quotation

You can also comment a specific quotation. There are two ways to do this. One way is to click on the gray bar next to the quotation (this bar shows up when you either create a free quotation or code a specific quotation) and then choose the Edit Comment option.

The other way is to click on the Quotes button in the toolbar along the top of the page, open the Quotation Manager, right click on the code you want to comment on, and then choose Edit Comment.

Commenting on Codes

You can also comment on Codes, using the comment to define the code. There are two ways to do this. One is to click on the code in the document, right click, and then Edit Comment.

The other way is to click on the Codes button in the toolbar along the top of the page, open the Code Manager, right click on the code you want to comment on, and then choose Edit Comment.

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